ATSG Looking for B737 Freighters for China Joint Venture

ABX Air is a leading member of the Air Transport Services Group  -  company courtesy
ABX Air is a leading member of the Air Transport Services Group - company courtesy

The rush into the Chinese air cargo market seems to be never ending.
It’s not only internal Chinese air cargo carriers such as YTO Express and SF Express who are juggling for position and slice of this lucrative market in the future.
The Wilmington (US), Ohio-based company, Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) is said to be on the lookout for suitable Boeing 737F aircraft in order to start their joint-venture program in China.

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Russia and Germany Play Hard Ball on Cargo Traffic Rights

Russian and German aviation negotiators lined up for an arm-wrestling competition  -  pictures: hs
Russian and German aviation negotiators lined up for an arm-wrestling competition - pictures: hs

The upcoming German-Russian negotiations on air traffic rights, starting tomorrow (31 May) in Moscow promises to be extremely controversial with unpredictable results – if any at all. Each side accuses the other of having partially blocked an existing framework agreement.

 

These are preliminary talks, scheduled to give representatives of both sides the opportunity to evaluate if most of the existing hurdles blocking a more liberalized air traffic regime can be set aside before the official bilateral negotiations start in July. Read more>

Breaking News - Alibaba under Investigation by U.S. Regulatory Body

Alibaba being investigated by SEC. Pictured here is their headquarters in Hangzhou, China
Alibaba being investigated by SEC. Pictured here is their headquarters in Hangzhou, China

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating U.S.-listed Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba over its accounting practices and whether there have been any violations of the U.S. securities laws. Read more>

HAM Launches HACC

Emphasized the tremendous importance of HAM’s new cargo terminal (l > r): Johan Schrywer, Assoc. Forwarding Agents  /  Rolf Boesinger, Ministry of Economics  /  Michael Eggenschwiler, Airport Chief  -  photos: hs
Emphasized the tremendous importance of HAM’s new cargo terminal (l > r): Johan Schrywer, Assoc. Forwarding Agents / Rolf Boesinger, Ministry of Economics / Michael Eggenschwiler, Airport Chief - photos: hs

With today’s (30 May) inauguration of a new state-of-the-art freight facility named Hamburg Airport Cargo Center (HACC), a new era in air freight handling and throughput has commenced at the northern German airport. The €50 million facility replaces the existing freight buildings that stem from the 1960’s.

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Exclusive - Haug to Run Shanghai Ground Handler PACTL New blog post

Christian Haug leaves LH Cargo, joins PACTL  -  photo: hs
Christian Haug leaves LH Cargo, joins PACTL - photo: hs

Christian Haug was nominated Deputy General Manager of Shanghai Pudong Int’l Airport Cargo Terminal, Co., Ltd. (PACTL) taking over responsibility as from 1 September this year. A  Lufthansa Cargo spokesperson confirmed this personnel decision to CargoForwarder Global. Haug succeeds Lutz Grzegorz, who has headed the Sino-German ground handler since March of 2009.

 

Christian is anything but a newcomer in cargo handling matters, shown by his role as Lufthansa Cargo Director Sales & Handling Northeast USA, a term that ended in 2012. From his office at New York JFK Airport, it took him to Shanghai, where he became the cargo carrier’s Director North and Central China, succeeding his iconic predecessor Peter Ullmayer, a real character and true air cargo veteran who retired because of age reasons. Now, manager Haug goes back to his roots as ground handler of air freight at PACTL, a prime address in cargo matters at Pudong International. Read more>

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Malaysia to Build Aeropolis at KLIA Including Cargo/Logistics Cluster

KLIA Aeropolis is expected to give Malaysia’s economy a big push
KLIA Aeropolis is expected to give Malaysia’s economy a big push

Malaysia has launched a plan to develop the area around Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang into a new aviation hub. The 100-square-kilometre development, called KLIA Aeropolis, is expected to bring together three clusters - air cargo and logistics, aerospace and aviation services, and meetings and convention facilities - and drive Malaysia's vision of becoming a global leader in creating airport cities. Read more>

BRU and MIA Launch ‘pharma.aero‘

MIA’s Emilio Gonzales (standing left) and Steven Polmans of BRUCargo proudly present their Letter of Intent  -  courtesy: BRU
MIA’s Emilio Gonzales (standing left) and Steven Polmans of BRUCargo proudly present their Letter of Intent - courtesy: BRU

At the TIACA annual meeting held in Florida, both airports announced the creation of a new globally acting organization focussing on the improvement of pharma handling and air transports of these sensitive products. The new coalition, named ‘pharma.aero’ targets airport communities that embrace IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) program.

 

By launching ‘pharma.aero’, BRU and MIA take the next step for enhancing the quality of door-door pharma transports. So far, airports with high pharma throughput concentrated mostly on ground handling processes, the intermediate storage of temperature critical goods in special cool rooms, the adequate packaging of pharma shipments at warehouses located on site or alike provisions to assure top product quality and fast ground handling processes. Read more>

SingPost Investigated by Regulatory Authority

singTel chairman Simon Israel
singTel chairman Simon Israel

Singapore's Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (Acra) has begun investigations into Singapore Post over possible breaches of the Companies Act, local media reports said.

 

In a Singapore Exchange filing this week, SingPost said that Acra had asked SingPost for the complete Joint Special Audit Report dated May 3 “as it is commencing investigations into possible breaches of the Companies Act as highlighted in the Report.” SingPost had only disclosed a 52-page executive summary of the report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Drew & Napier.

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Malaysia Sets Up Malaysia Aviation Group; MAB Kargo to Apply for Own AOC

MABKargo Airbus A330-200 freighter
MABKargo Airbus A330-200 freighter

Khazanah Nasional Berhad, an investment arm of Government of Malaysia, has set up a global aviation group, called Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), which will include the subsidiaries and businesses of the national carrier, Malaysia Airlines Bhd.
In a statement, Malaysia Airlines said MAG will have four distinct business units: air transportation services (ATS), ground services, aircraft leasing, and talent development. Read more>

An-225 Mission Thrills Down Under

The An-225 brought a 11t-ton generator to Australia  -  picture Antonov
The An-225 brought a 11t-ton generator to Australia - picture Antonov

For the first time ever since it rolled out of the production hangar in Kiev, Ukraine 1988, Antonov’s huge An-225 Mriya landed on Australian soil. The mammoth freighter was chartered by a daughter company of DB Schenker to transport a 117-ton generator from Prague’s Vaclav Havel Airport to Perth in Western Australia. Read more>

Qatar Knocks at EU Doors on Air Traffic Rights

QR is eager to extend their EU passenger and freighter services but meet skepticism and rejection  -  picture QR
QR is eager to extend their EU passenger and freighter services but meet skepticism and rejection - picture QR

The Qatari Minister of Transport, Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, met with the European Commission on 10 May to reinvigorate talks on an aviation agreement with the European Union. His government’s aim is to revive negotiations over comprehensive air traffic rights. Discussions had been stalled for almost half a year. France and Germany apparently prefer it that way, says online media EurActiv network. Read more>

Qantas Provides Dedicated Cargo Fleet for Australian Post

Australia Post CEO, Ahmed Fahour (standing left) and Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce with StarTrack B737F aircraft livery.
Australia Post CEO, Ahmed Fahour (standing left) and Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce with StarTrack B737F aircraft livery.

In a new move, the Australian national carrier, Qantas, has made a deal with Australia Post to operate a fleet of six freighters on their behalf. Read more>

EU Pilots Blame Gulf Airlines for Predatory Expansion Practices

ECA President Dirk Polloczek  -  courtesy VC
ECA President Dirk Polloczek - courtesy VC

The European Cockpit Association (ECA) launched a vigorous appeal to the EU Commission to take immediate action for stopping what they see as capacity-dumping practices of the Gulf Carriers and restore fair competition in aviation. Their step fully supports the coalition “Europeans for Fair Competition” (E4FC) to restoring a level playing field for European aviation curtailing the activities of state-aided Gulf airlines.

 

In their advance, the ECA refers to the massive capacity expansion exercised by Arabian carriers on many routes to the detriment of their European peers. This move is legitimate if based on transparent commercial conditions enabling European carriers to compete with their Gulf rivals on fair terms, reasons ECA. However, those conditions are not given, since the fully or partially state-run airlines from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar enjoy large-scale cost advantages guaranteed by their governments. Read more>

Chinese SF Express Builds Own Cargo Airport

SF’s freighter fleet is growing rapidly  -  company courtesy
SF’s freighter fleet is growing rapidly - company courtesy

The freight carrier got the okay from Beijing’s regulator CAAC to set up its own cargo hub in central China. It will be located near the town of Yanji, roughly 75 km east of Hubei province’s capital Wuhan. Read more>